If you were paying attention to social media last night (or merely glancing at it as you shoved salty snacks in your face while watching TV, like I was), you saw a lot of people talking about some kind of judge who plays sports.
Maybe you knew right away what was happening. And maybe you didn’t.
If you fall into the latter category, I’m here to answer a couple of questions, from one non-sports watcher to another.
Who is Aaron Judge?
Aaron Judge is a professional baseball player. He’s currently on a team called the New York Yankees. Apparently he’s pretty good at making home runs, which will be important in a minute.
Why are people talking about this guy?
Last night, there was an event in baseball called the Home Run Derby. It’s basically a televised contest to see who in major league baseball can hit the most home runs. Aaron Judge won this contest.
So? Shouldn’t baseball players hit home runs all the time?
I have no idea. Probably. But watching them do it a buncha times in a row is pretty cool, I guess.
What made this Home Run Derby so tweet-worthy?
Apparently the Derby used be super boring, and they found a way to make it better. If you read this article by Yahoo sports writer (and occasional FresYes.com contributor) Mike Oz, you’ll get a clear understanding of what changed. TL;DR: Players used to wait for good pitches before swinging, now there’s a timer, so they try to hit as many balls as possible before the clock runs out.
Okay, so why are all my friends and family losing their minds over this Aaron Judge guy? Who cares about a dude who plays for a New York team?
First of all, because Aaron Judge is really good at sports. He was so good at football (a different sport), a bunch of colleges tried to recruit him. Instead—and here’s where this post suddenly makes sense—he chose to play baseball at Fresno State instead.
And that’s really why everyone you know was going crazy on social media last night. Not only is this guy remarkable at his job, he’s a hometown athlete and people like that.
And now you’re all caught up! If you want to see Aaron Judge in action for yourself, he will be playing in tonight’s All-Star Game on Fox. It starts at 5 p.m.